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History eNews from Emerging America - January 12, 2022

Published on Wed, 01/12/2022

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 1 for January 12, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Disability History Resources & Updates
  • Other Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post preview: Guest Post: History’s Mysteries has GREAT NEWS to share. Link to blog post


NEW History's Mysteries Units, and NEW Developments

Sign Up for History's Mysteries 2022 Workshops. Read the blog post

(History’s Mysteries 2nd Grade mystery, “What is Culture?” (one of 4 in How Does Culture Impact the Way We Live?), click-and-play slide on Government. 



EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact


PDPs / OR optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.  

  • Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries 
    • Become familiar with History’s Mysteries and ask questions of its authors in preparation for teaching the curriculum. 
    • February 9, or May 18, 7-8:30 pm Eastern. Online. 
    • Register for History’s Mysteries Intro. 


  • Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom History's Mysteries Institute
    • The creators of History’s Mysteries will guide you through deep exploration of this powerful K-5 curriculum and its methods. Choose between customizing a unit for your unique classroom needs or creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic. 
    • Spring: February 28 to April 4. Online. 
    • Laurie Risler, with Kelley Brown. 
    • Available for 66.5 PDPs or optional 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University. 
    • Register for the History’s Mysteries Institute


  • America and World Fascism - From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond: 
    • Study extremism and resistance to it across the 20th century to today. Explore strategies to teach difficult and controversial subjects. 
    • Led by Peter Carroll, Stanford University; Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College; and Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • March 3 - April 15. Online. With four live webinars. 
    • Register for America and World Fascism course.


  • Make Your Civic Engagement Inclusive
    • Design civic engagement projects and civics education that are fully inclusive, especially of students with disabilities and English Learners.
    • Led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 10 PDPs with submission of an inclusive civic engagement plan. 
    • March 3. Online. 
    • Register for Inclusive Civic Engagement


  • Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations
    • Gain practical training in the geographic and historical content and inquiry-based strategies and resources for instruction to address Social Science Standards. Focus on regions of the world that have been underrepresented in K-12 classrooms. 
    • Led by Nicholas Aieta, Westfield State University, and Rich Cairn, Emerging America
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • April 19 - May 24. Online. With two live webinars. Register for Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations


  • Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
    • Harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Focus on access strategies. 
    • Alison Noyes, Emerging America. 
    • NEW DATES: July 8 to July 29. Online. With three live webinars: July 12, 19 & 26
    • Register for Immigration Issues



See list of accessible recordings of short webinars, poster presentations, and more. 



TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. You must log in to see DISCUSSIONS:

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Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Using Resources from the National Book Festival in your Classroom or Library
  • Bringing a Spectrum of Light for the Holidays
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…derivative dataset!
  • Deepwater Horizon: Analyzing Maps that Document an Oil Spill
  • Using Primary Sources to Explore Historic Events: Library of Congress Story Maps
  • Discovering Gravity – An Apple or an Airplane?
  • Library of Congress Literacy Awards Successful Practices Webinar Series Starts Dec. 9th, Focusing on Serving Adult Literacy Needs





- All times in Eastern Time Zone - Online unless marked "in-person".

  • Spring courses: - Chinese in the United States; History of Childhood in America; Social Change in the Civil War Era–and more - Gilder Lehrman Institute. Link to Gilder Lehrman courses
  • January 13, 6:30-7:30pm - Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding - American Revolution Institute. Info on the talk on underwriters
  • January 19, 5:30-6:30pm - Exploring American Healthcare through 50 Historic Treasures. Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on the talk on the history of health care
  • January 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 6:30-8:30pm - Ancient East Asia virtual seminar - Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Info on Modern East Asia seminar.  
  • January 19 - 7:30pm - Teaching Slavery and Race: The Role of Race, Identity, and Historical Trauma in Teaching Slavery - National Council for History Education. Link to Teaching Slavery webinar
  • January 22, 12-2:30pm - Virtual Curriculum Fair: Black Lives Matter at School 2022 - Teaching for Change. Link to info on the BLM curriculum fair
  • January 24–March 4 - Session 1 - Empowering Maptivists: Using Maps & Data to Examine Social Issues in the Humanities Classroom - Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library & National Humanities Center. Link to Maptivists course
  • March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 6:30-8:30pm - Modern East Asia virtual seminar - Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Info on Modern East Asia seminar.  
  • March 21–May 6 - Session 2 - See Maptivists description above. 
  • January 25 and 27, 3-5pm - Civics Project Jumpstart Workshops - plan and implement high quality student-led civics projects. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Register for Jumpstart Civics
  • January 26, 7-8:30pm Eastern - Americans and the Holocaust - California History and Social Science Project. Link to Holocaust webinar
  • January 27, , 5:15pm - In the Shadow of World War: Revisiting W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction - Duke University and Massachusetts Historical Society. Link to the Du Bois webinar.
  • February 5 & 12 and March 5 - National Park Service (NPS) Invention and Innovation Professional Development - Springfield Armory National Historic Site and the Western Mass Writing Project. Earn $150 stipend. Get info on NPS workshop or Register for NPS workshop
  • February 12-13 - in person - Free Speech and Civil Discourse - Bill of Rights Institute. Info on Free Speech colloquium
  • February 16, 4-5pm - Planning Civics K-12 - with We the People. Info on Planning Civics
  • February to May workshop dates - Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Primary Source Questions - Right Question Institute. See Right Question Institute Events
  • March 2, 12-1pm - Cornwallis: Soldier and Statesman in a Revolutionary World - American Revolution Institute. Info on Cornwallis talk
  • March 3, 7:30pm - Birth Control: Technological Advance and Women's Quest for Reproductive Autonomy - National Council for History Education. Link to Birth Control webinar
  • March 10, 6:30-7:30pm - Displaced: The Siege of Boston and the "Donation People" of 1775 - American Revolution Institute. Link to Displaced talk
  • March 29, 5:15-6:30pm - Medical Racism and Political Death: The Case of Juliette Derricotte - Massachusetts Historical Society. Link to Medical Racism seminar
  • April 6, 4-5pm - Civic Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions in the Elementary Classroom, with Discovering Justice. Link to registration. 
  • May 10 - Massachusetts Volunteerism Conference - Save the date. Massachusetts Service Alliance
  • Summer 2022 George Washington Teacher Institute - Apply by January 17. Link to Washington Institute info
  • July 18–29 - Contested Territory: America’s Involvement in Vietnam, 1945–75 - NEH Summer Institute - $2,200 stipend - National Humanities Center. Link to Vietnam institute info





Guest Post: History's Mysteries has GREAT NEWS to share!

By Kelley Brown and Laurie Risler, Creators of History's Mysteries: Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms

1. We have four NEW units and three NEW "Introduction to Inquiry" mysteries available for use on our History's Mysteries website!  

Our newest units include: 

  • Grade 2: How does culture impact the way people live? (with a focus on forced migration and the story of the Clotilda Africans) (4 mysteries)
  • Grade 3: How did women participate in the American Revolution? (3 mysteries)
  • Grade 4: Why would people live in the Northeast? (4 mysteries)
  • Grade 5: Why is due process so important to American justice? (3 mysteries)

2. We have partnered with iCivics to improve and expand History's Mysteries!...Link to the full blog post. History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. 

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Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.